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ZAAL Jos
Sport Para snowboard
NPC Netherlands   
GenderMen
Age41
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB 9-1, SB-LL
Further Personal Information
Residence
Rijswijk, NED
Languages
Dutch, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up para-snowboarding in 2004.
Why this sport?
His friends took him to an artificial ski slope in Limburg, Netherlands, where he tried the sport for the first time and fell in love with it.
Name of coach
Rob Gerlings [national], NED; Edwin Spee [national], NED
General Interest
Hobbies
Volleyball, windsurfing. (deweekkrant.nl, 08 Feb 2012)
Impairment
At age 17 he was struck by a car while riding his moped. He spent eight weeks in hospital and his left leg was amputated. He also lost control of his left arm as a result of the accident. (deweekkrant.nl, 08 Feb 2012)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He is part of a joint initiative led by the Dutch Ski Association [NSkiV] and the Johan Cruyff Foundation, which aims to support people in becoming elite athletes. (nskiv.org, 04 Feb 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
WSF World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
16 2011/2012 Snowboardcross - Standing